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ED Efeni tElQiB1 8Kb vt .i:ir: t&Fp$ ;E3l ra OJbi!0 5 kI::gh 83 :ICW 58 Page B6 Aram Eeipuimc Echo 50c 0 Copyritfit 1997, The Arizona Republic 7 -i! Sunny (- 111113 tor Mm Monday, April 14, 1997 Phoenix, Arizona 107th year, No. 331 Teen but in landfill-body case of jail; victim's kin irate Details sketchy on $157,000 bond posting Jeremy Bach Ahwatukee teen has said 1995 footing was an accident. By Judl Villa The Arizona Republic. ,An Ahwatukee teenager who admitted shooting his friend then throwing the body into the garbage has been released from jail after posting bond, a move officials say is unusual in murder cases. Jeremy Bach, 14, left jail late Saturday, 1 1 months after he became the youngest murder defendant ever ordered to stand trial as an adult in Maricopa County. The crime drew media attention for months last year and spurred an unprecedented excavation of the landfill where the body is believed to have been taken. Bach told police he shot Brad Hansen, 13, in November 1995, then watched him die for VA hours. Next, he told police, he stuffed the body in a plastic trash container outside his stepfather's Ahwatukee home. See TEEN, page A6 c j Mona ReederThe Arizona Republic Jerry and Rhonda Michie, the parents of Brad Hansen, who was shot and killed at age 13, attend a National Victim's Rights Week vigil Sunday at the State Capitol. Chill out Freon is plentiful But prices heat up unci suppiy auuc By Bob Gotten The Arizona Republic ;. With another Arizona summer about to bear down on die Valley of the Sun, drivers' thoughts are turning to Freoa That s the chlorofluorocarbon refrig erant R-1Z, banned trom production because of its link to die destruction of the Earthfc protective ozone layer. It's the stuff that makes air-conditioners on pre-1994 cars and trucks blow cold air on hot days. Just a few years ago, it looked like supplies of Freon were about to evaporate, and owners of older vehicles would have to submit to expensive air-conditioner conversions to the refrigerant used in new cars and trucks, R-134a. But today, the word from mechanics and air-conditioning experts around the Valley is: Relax. Or maybe the better word would be: Chill. R-12, also known as CFC-12, is plentiful and readily available in Arizona for automobile air-conditioners, they all say, and should remain so for the next several years. "We have more than enough R-12 fcriast our existing customers until 2002," said Mark Salem, owner of Salem Boys auto repair in Tempe. "J Thart die good news. v.'.The bad news goes straight for die Vallet R-12 has soared in price, making a full recharge with, die refrigerant possibly cost more than $100. Phoenix-area mechanics quote , prices from $23 to $30 per pound of R42, compared with $2 or $3 a pound See FREON, page A2 Looks great in green ' J' '" k--'1 Vt )- ' ,4- t A)1, ; t?r h v , '- ; . Amy SancettaAssociated Press Nick Faldo, the 1996 Masters champion, checks the fit of the green Jacket on 21 -year-old Tiger Woods, who. finished a record 12 strokes ahead of the rest of the field Sunday to win the prestigious golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods' four-day fofal of 270, 1 8 under par, also was a Masters record. Sports, Page D1 . A-bomb survivors outlive peers Radiation data suggest danger is overstated By Joby Warrick Washington Post The statistics seem clear and compelling, and completely at odds with common sense: In Japan, site of die world's only nuclear attacks, radiation victims are outliving their peers. Irt one of the stranger twists in 50 years of scientific monitoring of atom-bomb survivors. As expected, the people closest to ground zero have died in high numbers of cancers- that began in a white-hot flash of nuclear radiation. But as one moves farther from die blast site, the death rate plunges until it actually dips below the baseline. And so, oddly, people with limited radiation exposure appear to live longer than neighbors who had none at all. , The discrepancy has several possible explanations, but none of them has quelled the growing debate over what the data seem to suggest: . Could low-level radiation regulated in this country and elsewhere as a powerful carcinogen be less dangerous than commonly believed? The question, which has divided scientists and academicians for years, has flared again because of a number See A-BOMB, page A4 , ..r , . . i yioleimlt cirMiie most to 2 decades : 'Plan is working,' Clinton says is down By Cassandra BurreM y ' Associated Press WASHINGTON Americans experienced significantly fewer violent crimes in 1995 than in 1994, with rates for such acts as rape, robbery and assault down by 12.4 percent, the Justice Department said Sunday. The broadest decline occurred in the suburbs, where crime rates dropped in. all areas of personal victimization except rape and sexual assault. The Bureau of Justice Statistics said the 1995 figures reflected the largest fall recorded since the agency began taking its annual National Crime Victimization survey in 1973. "Four years ago, we made a commitment to take our streets back from crime and violence. We had a comprehensive plan," President Clinton said. "Our plan is working." He said in a written statement that the statistics, which covered the first full year of his crime act of 1994, reflect the largest drop in violent "crime in two decades. He credited the act. Attorney General Janet Reno said the figures continued a downward See BIG DROP, page A7 DECLINING VIOLENCE Violent crime in the U.S.dropped 12.4 percent in 1995. Totals have fallen every year except one, despite an increase in population. .A3 f;'jrcsint;.;-.:,.-.;j eoo ; Vi 1 304 '; . -b ':3 ii S3 i, 1,5:3 l .1 , iIL ...Hi-' 13,c:o 2.CC3 , 0.' 5 0870 2 'S3 urn Sutvry erf IC.cro pr-'i f H2i J nl jtr K.Mnm . lnrh r 1 1 Iff j umspoiwcrimM to tfn (.;.. Source; U.S. DaptotJut"; Knight-Ridder Tribune Reno likely to reject funds-probe counsel Republicans promise to exact revenge By Robert L Jackson Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON In a decision that seems certain to anger congressional Republicans, Attorney General Janet Reno has approved the draft of a letter rejecting their call for appointment of an independent coun-. sel to investigate Democratic fund-raising for last year's presidential campaign. Sources close to Reno said Sunday that the letter was scheduled to be sent today to the chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary committees, who asked for a Whitewater-type outside counsel to look into alleged political fund-raising abuses. "Unless the attorney general has a last-minute change of mind, she's planning to turn them down," a Justice Department official said. "She is relying on the advice of her career prosecutors and on provisions of the Ethics in Government Act," which spells out when an independent counsel is appropriate. Reno, who has rejected three previous requests to seek an outside investigator to look into the controversy, has repeatedly said that evidence of improper fund-raising is being thoroughly investigated by a team of career Justice Department lawyers from the public integrity section of the criminal division, assisted by up to 30 FBI agents. : "I've directed that they pursue See RENO, page A6 r, ZZ I i , ' if - rt-7 ":v " 1 ' . . 1 j-eta--- ,. i - - ' ' - - . - Red River boatswain and crew Going for a Sunday outing, Tony Wamback pulls his son, Nick, 3, down Main Street in , Minn. The waters of the Red River began receding over the weekend, but residents along the river remain wary. A winter of record snow and an early spring blizzard have pushed rivers over their banks across the Rains. Mom says son died after choke hold J.R. Kvemes The 21 -year-old's mother says he underwent heart surgery when he was 4 and last year was treated for cardiac arrhythmia. By Richard Casey The Arizona Republic A Phoenix man died early Sunday after what his mother says was a choke - hold applied by a firefighter. Four firefighters arrived to treat J.R. Kvernes, 21, after his mother called 91 1 iyhen her son returned to their central Phoenix apartment apparently high on drugs. . A police report says Kvernes was "agitated and very aggressive" . when paramedics arrived at the 2000 block of West Indian School Road shortly before 5 a.m. A Fire Department spokesman acknowledged that it was difficult to restrain Kvernes but denied that a choke hold was used. Kvernes' mother, Vicki Vannatta, called 911 after Kvernes told her "he was going to die tonight," said See K8M, page A4 GOP rebels reignite party's revolution If -"; Matt Salmon The Arizona Republican leads a group of class-of-'94 rebels disenchanted with House Speaker Newt Gingrich. ByAdrianne Flynn Republic Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Political experts are crediting a pack of 1 1 GOP rebel House members, led by Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, with reviving the stalled Republican revolution. It was Salmon and his posse of mostly young, mostly Southern and Western and mostly class-of-'94 congressmen who embarrassed Speaker Newt Gingrich into kick-starting the Republican agenda back to life last week, they say. "Oh, 1 clearly think they are in the vanguard of revival," said Larry Sabato, political science professor at the University of Virginia. "It's become obvious to just about everyone that Republicans in the House are going nowhere as long as Gingrich is in charge," Sabato said. "I would say, a substantial majority of the Republican Party recognizes that Gingrich is a millstone." See COPS, page A2 INSIDE Report cards ; grade cities ; on growth Page Bl Astrology C6 Bridge C6 Chuckle A2 Classified CL1 Comics C4, 5.CLH Computing Dear Abby Dr. Donohue Editorial Landers Life Obituaries Prayer Puzzles Sports Television Weather El C6 C6 B4 C6 CI B3 A2 C5.6 Dl C7.8 B6 12 to Andy BlenkushAssociated Press DAILY 1

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